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samnorr
14-02-2010, 01:45 PM
I am currently running Windows 7 RC (with XP on a separate partition), and since it starts shutting down bi-hourly in March, I think it's about time to upgrade to the retail version.

It would save me a lot of hassle if I could simply do an upgrade installation, which according to this (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1184) article I read, would be possible to do if I bought Windows 7 Ultimate. But since Ultimate is like $200 more than Home Premium and has nothing extra that I would ever use, I'm in a bit of a dilemma about what to do.

Do I really have to pay $200 dollars extra just to do an upgrade installation? Does anyone know of another way? I have spent a lot of time customizing Windows and Media Center, and I really wanted to avoid doing a clean install and having to start from scratch.

Trev
14-02-2010, 01:48 PM
This might help.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7
:)

pctek
14-02-2010, 03:55 PM
I would recommend a clean install.

samnorr
15-02-2010, 10:36 PM
bump

Speedy Gonzales
15-02-2010, 10:48 PM
Someone already said do a clean install

samnorr
15-02-2010, 10:54 PM
Someone already said do a clean install

Yes, but is that the only option?

Speedy Gonzales
15-02-2010, 11:03 PM
If you dont want to have probs yup

Sweep
15-02-2010, 11:05 PM
Well you spent the time customising what you currently use. Do it again and it will take less time maybe.

Do you still want to keep XP?

xmojo1
16-02-2010, 12:03 AM
I bought the retail box of Win 7 Ultimate off eBay for NZ$265, from an Australian seller.

Mr Wetzyl
16-02-2010, 06:16 AM
I would recommend a clean install.

I agree. I do a clean install of mine and so far its been running like a shot wabbit. All previous OS has been slow sometimes crash. Win7 is fast to start up is more fun and fast to search for files from the start menu....:D:D

Trev
16-02-2010, 08:24 AM
If you dont want to have probs yup
What problems. I went the upgrade way.
:)

leonidas5
16-02-2010, 08:27 AM
There is an alternative but you need to think carefully about using it. Other PF1ers may well reject it.
If you decide to go ahead do exactly what the electronic manual says.

Check out Laplink PC mover at www.laplink.com - look at the Upgrade Assistant edition. It is currently $US19.95

I have used it without problems on current computer and that was 3 months ago. All I can say is it worked for me.

You will have to reinstall anti virus and malware programs... don't try to bring those over. But is is all in the manual.

Speedy Gonzales
16-02-2010, 08:31 AM
What problems. I went the upgrade way.
:)

Pass anything is possible. Just because its fine for someone, it doesnt mean it'll work with everyone else

leonidas5
16-02-2010, 08:43 AM
Exactly why I put in the cautions! It is given PC magazine editor's choice though.... worth a look.

wainuitech
16-02-2010, 12:38 PM
Not saying that wont work -

But I wouldn't exactly go by what a magazine recommends -- Classic example Norton Av is rated the top (mostly) but in real life --- Wellll:rolleyes:

Sweep
16-02-2010, 01:37 PM
Over to you if you take the advice given or not.